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Arabic Literary Salons in the Islamic Middle Ages Poetics of orality and literacy John Miles Foley, series editor Arabic Literary Salons in the Islamic Middle Ages Poetry, Public Performance, and the Presentation of the Past Samer M. Ali University of notre dame Press notre dame, indiana copyright © 2010 by the University of notre dame notre dame, indiana 46556 all rights reserved Manufactured in the United states of america Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data ali, samer M. arabic literary salons in the islamic Middle ages : poetry, public performance, and the presentation of the past / samer M. ali. p. cm.—(Poetics of orality and literacy) originally presented as the author’s thesis (doctoral)—indiana University. includes bibliographical references and index. isBn-13: 978-0-268-02032-3 (pbk. : alk. paper) isBn-10: 0-268-02032-9 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. arabic poetry—750–1258—History and criticism. 2. salons—islamic empire. 3. oral tradition—islamic empire. 4. islamic empire—intellectual life. i. title. PJ7553.a55 2010 892.7'13409—dc22 2010037737 ∞ The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. to my mother and my father My lute awake! perform the last labour that thou and i shall waste, and end that i have now begun; for when this song is sung and past, My lute be still, for i have done. —sir thomas Wyatt (1503–42), “the lover complaineth the Unkindness of His love” ...


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